The Craytes release “Union Station” / “On My Way” single on August 21st 2020.
The Craytes are a product of 2020’s global pandemic and the resulting months of quarantine. Written by Montreal-based Enzo Palermo, The Craytes’ music is layered in dreamy melancholia.
Also known for his work as the original lead singer of indie rock band Code Pie, who are on an extended hiatus, he started a solo project under his given name in 2017.
“In the last few years, I’ve written a bunch of songs that didn’t really fit my solo project,” Palermo said, explaining the birth of The Craytes. Reminiscent of 90s soft rock and indie folk with a bedroom pop ethos, tracks “This Town” and “Byways to Blueville” were released in late June; two others — “Union Station” and “On My Way” — are set for release on Aug. 21.
Whatever labels one might attach to The Craytes’ sound, however, is largely unintentional. Palermo wrote for the sake of writing itself and as a means of distraction. Lyrically, they are reflective of our current circumstances.
“The fox is on the horizon/the fields are burning all day,” he sings in “Union Station,” later adding “the stars are a good reminder/the leaves are turning dark grey.” This dark imagery elicits themes of restlessness, uncertainty and their resulting anxieties — an overall feeling carried in the other three tracks and in Palermo’s low key vocals.